NEWS: 08.09.2019

Borussia players in action in important European Championship qualifiers

Borussia players in action in important European Championship qualifiers
Denis Zakaria and Co. are in action against Gibraltar in Sunday evening's European Championship Qualifier. Photo: imago images / Action Plus

Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo are among the Swiss players who could feature in today’s European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar (18:00 CEST). Meanwhile, Matthias Ginter is part of the under-pressure Germany squad who face Northern Ireland on Monday.


Borussia’s Swiss internationals Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo are back in action for their national team tonight in their European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar (18:00 CEST). The Swiss team will host the small nation of Gibraltar at the Stade de Tourbillon in Sion. “We will do against Gibraltar what we failed to do against Ireland on Thursday. We were already very attacking-minded against Ireland. In Sion we want to pile even more pressure on the opposition and do our best to score an early goal,” said national team coach Vladimir Petkovic. Against Ireland the “Nati” had all four Foals in their starting XI and played out a 1-1 draw, extending their unbeaten streak in qualifying to three matches. Switzerland currently occupy third place in Group D with five points. Denmark, who have already played four matches, lie in second place with a three-point lead over the Swiss, while Ireland, who have already played five games, top the table and are six points clear of the Swiss. Gibraltar have lost each of the four qualifiers. “We want to have a successful qualification process and reach the tournament,” says Sommer.


Gladbach’s Matthias Ginter is also in the running to represent Germany in their crucial European Championship qualifier at Windsor Park against Northern Ireland on Monday evening (20:45 CEST). After the recent 4-2 defeat against the Netherlands, Ginter and Co. will be under pressure to get a win in Belfast. Northern Ireland lead Group C with 12 points, three points ahead of Germany, but the Netherlands have a game in hand on Germany. “The game against Northern Ireland is ours to win. We need to try our hardest to take three points from our opponents and ensure we leave the pitch victorious,” said head coach Joachim Löw. “Naturally, we will have to change our tactics against Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland play a completely different style of football than the Netherlands. Northern Ireland play an incredibly physical and robust game, which involves a lot of long balls. They will defend deeper and we will have less space to work with. We have to be prepared for that. Tactically, we have to come up with a style of play that gives us the best advantage.”


Stefan Lainer also will be taking part in European Championship qualifier action, as Borussia’s right-back will play with the Austria national team on Monday evening (20:45 CEST). The game at the Stadion Narodowy is a top-of-the-table clash, as Poland currently top the group with 12 points after five games, with Austria only three points behind on nine. Both are set to qualify for the EUROs. Most recently, Stefan Lainer was also in the starting lineup for coach Franco Foda’s convincing 6-0 home victory over Latvia. Gladbach’s new signing put in a strong performance and his hopes for another start in Poland may well be realised on Monday.


László Bénes also has a thrilling encounter to look forward to tomorrow, as Slovakia play Hungary in a European Championship qualifier in Budapest (20:45 CEST). After the recent 4-0 defeat to Croatia, in which the Gladbach midfielder did not feature, Slovakia lie in fourth place in Group E behind Wales, though the two teams are tied on points. At the top of the group are Hungary and Croatia, also with both teams tied on nine points.


Ramy Bensebaini and the Algerian national team will play two friendlies as part of a training camp. The first of them will be on Monday morning at the Mustapha Tchaker Staium in Blida against Benin (22:00 CEST).